Converted buildings are constantly inspirational and The Russell Apartment in London’s Covent Garden section follows suit. A modern day dream dwelling, this flat was developed by local studio Spring and Mercer which splendidly accentuated historical elements whilst adding an sophisticated, fresh edge to the interiors.
This urban apartment is situated on the 1st floor of a Victorian-period building, which was formerly a warehouse space. Overlooking the piazza, the interior design manages to magnificently balance the current touches of grandeur, such as the wide crescent-shaped windows, with industrial simplicity like the exposed bolted-steel ceiling beams painted black.
Prints and texture abound in this modern space, with houndstooth and herringbone playing effectively with geometric-patterned rugs against washed oak flooring. It’s a cool illusion how the black-and-white area carpets initially appear as marble floor tiling. I’m a bit smitten with the walls of one of the bedrooms which characteristics a richly textured wall resembling weathered, vertical wood grain–amazing!
The predominant black-and-grey palette stands out in this decidedly eclectic space, which is furnished with a melodious mix of antiques, mid-century modern pieces and even though-provoking artworks, some which are rather exotic. Take a closer look and you’ll notice the understated, but perky lemon-yellow accents–from books to bowls, wall art to candlesticks–which delightfully offset this otherwise muted color scheme.
There is absolutely a warm power right here which is additional provoked by the custom-built wall-unit shelving, which is filled with a variety of-sized cubbies displaying a plethora of books. This focal point resides in the open living space, which also attributes a central dining table. A cool addition to this space is the glass-globe chandelier which adds a touch of whimsy.
This modern dream apartment is a livable, sophisticated space which holds the greatest of everything–merry British flair doused with a chic, urban vibe. (by way of est magazine)
PHOTOGRAPHY by Phil Durrant